The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler (see my Biography section for more info about her). She went around the US and around the world collecting women's stories about their vaginas.
It starts off 'We are worried about Vaginas' and gives true monologues from real women's experiences. My highlights were: the poem 'My short skirt' written for the women who did not receive justice after being raped because of what they were wearing. 'My short skirt and everything underneath it are mine, mine, mine!'
Some monologues are funny- 'my vagina is pissed off!' talks about the horrors of the smear test among other things. The monologue about women's moans is a fantastic impression of how the vagina can give pleasure.
Some monologues are horrific- especially the story by a woman who was one of the 20-70,000 people raped as part of war in Bosnia-Kosovo. It had everyone in tears.
Seeing this in Chiang Mai, performed only by volunteers, was a fantastic experience. The women were so passionate and did a fantastic job. The proceeds all went to the Thai Freedom House, an organisation that helps victims of human trafficking.
This play is performed all over the world as part of 'V-Day' on or around Valentine's Day every year. To find an event near you visit the website: http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/#!/0/0/1/
I have done two days volunteering at Viengping's Childrens home in Chiang Mai.
The children there have been abandoned or abused, and are given a fantastic start in life by living in Viengping. They are given everything they need to grow and be healthy, to learn and play, and to communicate with each other, teachers and volunteers.
I will volunteer with the home for almost 2 months. At the moment I am looking after a gorgeous little 2 year old Burmese boy called 'Boo-bee'. I get to run around and play with him for a few hours every morning, I am so lucky!
He will be at the home until he is 6, when he will move to the Boy's Home next door, with all the other boys. The girls stay at Viengping until they are 18, and are helped beyond that. The children all go to a local school when they are of the right age, and some are adopted into families.
If you would like to know more, or to know how you can help, please visit the website: http://www.baanviengping.go.th/en/index.html